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Emeralds: A Passionate Guide

Emeralds: A Passionate Guide

- The Emeralds, the People, their Secrets

by Ronald Ringsrud

with a foreword by John Koivula

Only $79.95
Here is one of the few books that truly covers a gemstone from the ground to a ring on a lady's finger. It deals with deposits and mining, gemstones and cutting, jewelry creation and retailing. Lots of spectacular photos, especially ones that reveal how emeralds are cut and those that investigate the microscopic flaws and features that are characteristic of these beautiful stones. This book is a 8 1/2" x 10 1/2" hardcover with 382 pages.

Emeralds: A Passionate Guide
Table of Contents

    Acknowledgements
7
    Foreword
11
    Introduction
14
1. The Romance of Emeralds
18
2. History of Two Empires: Spain and India
32
3. The Properties of Emeralds
64
4. Looking into Emeralds: Optics
78
5. Exploring the Effects of Light on Emerald Color
96
6. Learning a System of Color Grading
112
7. Color Grading of Emeralds
124
8. Grading the Clarity of Emeralds
134
9. All About the Clarity Enhancement of Emeralds
158
10. A Complete Buying Guide for Emeralds
178
11. Certificates, Reports and Appraisals
202
12. Gota de Aceite: The Emerald's Added Attraction
212
13. More Secrets of the Connoisseurs: Old Mine Emeralds
226
14. Fair Trade Gems, Ethical Emeralds and the Emerald War
236
15. Colombian Emerald Geology
250
16. Adventures in the Andes: a Personal Account
272
17. Major Emerald Sources of the World
282
18. Buying and Cutting Rough Emeralds
296
19. The World of Gem People
318
20. Colored Stone Wisdom: Emeralds in the Stars
326
21. Collecting Mineral Specimens and Other Rarities
334
22. Poetry of the Emerald Experience
350
23. The Medieval Lapidaries
364
    Bibliography
370
    Appendix
377
    Index
379